Roberts Play M3 DAB Radio Review

Summary:
A good choice if you want a simple and inexpensive radio, but the features are limited and it’s not very stylish

Buy it online:
£26.99 on Amazon.co.uk

The Roberts Play M3 is a small portable digital radio that only offers the most essential features. It’s one of the cheapest radios in Roberts’ product range, so it could be a good choice if you want something straightforward and affordable from a leading brand.

What can the Play M3 do and how does it perform? Find out in this review…

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
  • Saves 6 preset stations, with 3 dedicated preset buttons
  • Mains or battery powered with 4 x AA batteries
  • Headphone jack
  • Telescopic aerial

Dimensions: 14 cm wide x 9.5 cm high x 4.5 cm deep

Performance and use

The Roberts Play M3 is very easy to start using—just plug it in, switch it on and let it find the stations available in your area. It’s generally a very easy to use, and the instructions are clearly written. The telescopic aerial helps give the Play M3 a relatively good DAB signal.

The sound quality isn’t amazing, but you wouldn’t expect it to be from something so small and inexpensive. The Play M3 is very small and light so it’s easy to carry around, but the downside to this is that it doesn’t feel especially sturdy and there isn’t a lot of depth to the sound.

You can save three presets on DAB/DAB+ and three on FM. They can easily be set and recalled using the dedicated preset buttons on the top of radio. While lots of other radios let you save more presets, you often have to scroll through a menu which makes them fiddly and time-consuming to use. With the Play M3, using presets is very simple, and since most people only listen to a handful of stations anyway, three presets should be enough.

You can plug the Play M3 into the mains or use it with four AA batteries. It gets through AA batteries quite quickly and doesn’t have a built-in battery charger, unlike the more expensive Roberts Play. Some people like to use replaceable batteries, but others would find a built-in rechargeable battery more convenient.

Pros

  • Inexpensive, especially for a Roberts product
  • Easy to use
  • Picks up DAB stations well
  • Reliable

Cons

  • Limited features—no alarm clock
  • Sound quality could be better
  • Not very stylish

Verdict

The Play M3 is one of Roberts’ most simple and unflashy products. It’s a good choice if you want a straightforward, small and inexpensive radio, but the features are limited and it’s not particularly stylish.

 

Similar radios

One similar radio is the Roberts Play, which is more expensive than the Play M3 but has a convenient built-in battery charger so you can reuse the same set of rechargeable AA batteries. Another option is the Roberts Play 10, which doesn’t have a battery charger but does feature a useful carrying strap and arguably has a nicer-looking design than the Play M3.

For some more options, see our roundups of the best portable DAB radios and the best DAB radios under £50.

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